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#1 vorn70

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Posted 14 November 2013 - 11:55 AM

My build started in September 2010. I purchased the car in 2006 from a Lady in the ACT who said she had had it painted red to cover the "yucky mustard colour" many years ago. I checked the oil and water and drove her home to SA. I drove her around for a while and then decided to give her a quick respray to tidy it up. So I put her on the hoist and one thing lead to another, and I decided to try and do a full rebuild in the shed. I have taken a few photos along the way detailing how I went about things. This may help others with their own builds . I know looking through other members builds and reading the advice given to them has helped me. So if you have any questions please ask away.

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#2 RB26DETT

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Posted 14 November 2013 - 12:33 PM

Hi Vorn, what chassis # is your car? Looks like an early one.

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Posted 14 November 2013 - 01:44 PM

So I put her on the hoist and one thing lead to another,


..and that is how it happens

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Posted 14 November 2013 - 07:08 PM

Please tell me you're taking it back to "yucky mustard colour"?
I love it!

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Posted 14 November 2013 - 08:33 PM

I swear that in the 70s in Canberra, every 2nd public servant must have bought a zed....for this , we give thanks to them for buying zeds, and to the zero humidity and lack of rain down here for preserving the zeds..
Welcome  8)

#6 vorn70

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Posted 14 November 2013 - 08:38 PM

Rest easy LUVEMFAST it is safari gold or as close as I could get the match in 2 pack DuPont. I will slowly put up pictures of what I have done over the last 3 years.

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Posted 14 November 2013 - 09:38 PM

Please tell me you're taking it back to "yucky mustard colour"?
I love it!


Yeah that made me chuckle also. I love a red Z but it seems everyone painted over the original hues to have their own red Z. Can't blame them, but the original colours definitely have that nostalgic feel.

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Posted 15 November 2013 - 10:35 AM

Hi Vorn, what chassis # is your car? Looks like an early one.

Build # 1055 It has all the early interior seats, dash  ,etc and Gear box. So I think it was just made up from what was left over from the Series 1 build.
The first part of the tear down showed being an ACT Car rust wise she was fairly good.

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Posted 15 November 2013 - 01:34 PM

Don't buy into the series I BS that is normally a US market thing where I think changes were required by law...ie after x date the early seats where no long up to the standard for the given market. So those parts were used in cars for other markets where it did not have to compile to the same rules/laws etc. I have seen cars with lower chassis IDs have less of these "series I" parts so I guess it might have been dependant on the assembly plant and what they had in the parts bin too.

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Posted 18 November 2013 - 11:38 AM

I started on the engine Bay area and as usual there was rust under the battery tray which required drilling off the spot welds to remove the tray. I removed all all the paint from the engine bay and the under side of the car (paint stripper). I did some small repairs to the underside of the car but I can't find the pictures.

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Posted 19 November 2013 - 05:02 AM

Looks as clean as a whistle! Nice one mate

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Posted 19 November 2013 - 12:16 PM

thanks dat240z
Cleaning is all I seem to do, clean and prep before welding, and clean and prep before painting. The paint of the underside and engine bay went fairly well. Now I can start on the dog legs and "slam" panel. I have some work to do in those areas which will test my limited skill.

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Posted 20 November 2013 - 11:35 AM

Now it's time to look at the "slam" panel I knew when it didn't look good on the outside I could be in for a bad surprise. But after some messing around I got my panel drilled off and it wasn't all that bad.

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Posted 21 November 2013 - 11:24 AM

I just had to cut out the old, and weld in the new. Getting the gap and the shape right so the repair piece would sit in a "relaxed" state was a bit of messing around but it all came up fairly good. (don't look too close at my welding)

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Posted 21 November 2013 - 11:36 AM

Having the repair finish at the lap joint required me to be careful in removing the old material. This did allow a nice flat finish to weld the slam panel down. The other areas of light rust I treated with rust converter before putting the panel on. Note don't rust convert where you want to weld. :D

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Posted 02 December 2013 - 12:11 PM

I knew with the amount of bog around the dog legs that I would need to repair or replace. I could see an attempt at a repair many years ago so it was out with the spot weld drill. The final part of the removal was done with a hacksaw blade by hand I didn't trust myself with a cut off wheel around the lower B pillar. It all came off OK and of course the inner guard will require some repair before the dog leg can be welded in.

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Posted 02 December 2013 - 12:38 PM

Hi Vorn,

Love the car and the 'yukky' 920 colour too! Ahh the memories come flooding back!!!

Keep up the good work with this one, should look fantastic when complete in this OEM colour.

Regards

Adam

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Posted 03 December 2013 - 11:54 AM

Thanks Adam. I'm fairly happy with the build so far and the support from club members really helps with the motivation.

As you can see by the above pictures the inner guard was a little rusty. I tried to make one but just couldn't get it right so I cut out a inner guard piece from my donor 2+2, it was a little tricky removing it without wrecking it but after swearing for a weekend I got it fitting up OK.

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Posted 03 December 2013 - 12:05 PM

With a little tidy up from my friend the flapper disc, it came up good ready to start to fit the new dog leg. At least I can weld the new one onto new metal now. Once the trial fit up is done I will paint the inside with rust converter.

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Posted 11 December 2013 - 03:30 PM

I spent the weekend getting my dog legs to fit. I did a few practice welds and then went for it. I was fairly happy with the result ,the "spot" welds came out ok. I checked for good penetration on my practice piece. Having the car in the spit helped .

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